CONSTRUCTION activity is in full swing on the Berrybank Wind Farm project with 14 turbines either fully or partly erected in the last couple of weeks.
A 500-tonne crane is carrying out ‘pre-installation’ works on the Berrybank-Wallinduc Road, which involves the installation of the base section and lower mid section of each tower.
Project communications officer Nathan Micallef said 84 of 172 tower sections are currently on-site awaiting installation.
“There are currently 239 of the remaining 301 components on site which are all being prepared for final installation,” he said.
“The next 500 tonne crane will be arriving in early March, which will also be used to complete the pre-installations of the towers.
“With both cranes working, we expect to see four wind turbine generator towers pre-installed each week.”
Work has also started on Padgetts Road – between Berrybank-Wallinduc Road and Lismore-Scarsdale Road – in readiness for the installation of the wind farm’s transmission line to Mt Bute.
The work will include pre-drilling of pole foundations and the addition of passing lanes every 200 metres.
The Berrybank wind farm involves the construction of 43 turbines, which are expected to generate enough energy to power about 138,000 homes.
Global Power Generation is the company behind the project which is expected to cost $276 million and create 213 construction jobs.